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Teaching and learning Gagana Tokelau – new resources


New resources to support the teaching and learning of the Tokelau language (gagana) as an additional language for Years 7 to 10 are being distributed to schools.

The Tokelau storybooks and teacher support materials support the Learning Languages area of The New Zealand Curriculum.

The teacher support materials can be found in the Pasifika languages section of TKI's Pasifika Education community and include activities and an English version of each story.

Diwali – festival of lights


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration. 

Diwali in 2019 begins on the 27 October, and signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

NZ Curriculum Online offers ideas and resources for celebrating Diwali in your school.

VLN Primary School - Online Programmes 2020


VLN Primary enrolments are now open for 2020:

Te reo Māori, Digital Technologies, Gifted & Talented, Learning Languages, Arts, Science, Maths, Literacy, & Life Skills.

Online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate from school or home. Children can participate independently, in small groups, or with their teachers in a whole class situation.

Find out more and register your interest online or contact primary@vln.school.nz with queries.

All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary - Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

Enabling e-Learning newsletter - October 2019


Read the latest updates in the newsletter from the Enabling e-Learning website.

Find out about free PLD, and programmes, digital tools, and resources available to help you and your school. 

Tokelauan Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau 27 October–2 November 2019


Tokelauan Language Week is being held from Sunday 27 October – Saturday 2 November 2019. 

Tokelauan Language Week provides the opportunity to introduce your students to the culture and language of Tokelau, helping to keep Gagana Tokelau alive in New Zealand. 

NZ Curriculum Online offers ideas and resources to help you learn the language and celebrate the culture of Tokelau with your students.

Technology Online webinar: The revised technology learning area: 31 October, 3.45–4.45 pm

Technology Online webinar: The revised technology learning area: 31 October, 3.45 pm–4.45 pm


Come along on Thursday, 31 October, 3.45 pm–4.45 pm and hear Cheryl Pym describe and explore the revised technology learning area – understanding the curriculum change, including the strengthening of digital technologies.

At the webinar, there will also be time for you to ask Cheryl your questions.

Register here

Niue Language Week 13–19 October 2019


Niue Language Week takes place from Sunday 13 October - Saturday 19 October 2019.

This resource page from The New Zealand Curriculum Online offers ideas and resources to help you celebrate Vagahau Niue Week at your school.

Build your confidence to teach financial capability


To help you implement the Sorted in Schools online programme, we’re coming to a city near you! 

These workshops are open to all teachers and leaders and are completely FREE to attend.

From 6–14 November, Jill MacDonald (new relationship manager) and the team will be running training workshops in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, and Tauranga. These workshops will help you:

  • understand what financial capability is
  • navigate the Sorted in Schools website resources for years 9 and 10 financial capability 
  • unpack NZC/financial progressions 
  • build confidence around financial capability
  • talk about ways to implement it in your teaching programmes.  

View further details and register for a PLD November workshop...

Strengthening curriculum, progress, and achievement for every child and young person


The Government’s vision for the future of New Zealand education reflects the overwhelming aspirations of New Zealanders, as expressed in the Kōrero Mātauranga, for a more inclusive, equitable, and connected New Zealand education and learning system.

The Advisory Group’s advice makes it clear that to achieve our vision for education we need  to change the way we use our national curriculum, so that:

  • every student experiences opportunities to learn and progress through a curriculum that values their identity, language and culture, their strengths and aspirations, and those of their whānau.
  • students, parents, whānau, and teachers have strong relationships focused on a holistic view of the progress students are making across a range of learning
  • students, parents, and whānau are active participants in their kura or school’s marau ā-kura or local curriculum teachers and school leaders are well supported through clear system leadership, strong networks, and better access to resources, guidance, and development opportunities
  • high levels of trust allow information about student progress to be used and shared with confidence, to show what’s working for our children and young people, what needs to be improved, and where more resources are needed.

Changes to make sure all children and young people learn about New Zealand’s histories are an important first step, but there are other aspects of the national curriculum that need a fresh look.

The Ministry will work collaboratively over the coming months on four initial actions to:

  • develop a process for updating our national curriculum to make sure it’s fit for purpose, and reflects our aspirations for all children and young people
  • develop resources that make it easier to recognise and respond to each student’s progress
  • develop a common approach to holistic records of learning that travel with students throughout their learning journey – so that they, their parents, whānau and teachers can see, understand and support their progress
  • create a trusted environment for using information about student progress that benefits all children and young people’s learning.

The Ministry will work collaboratively with Māori and Pacific, teachers, leaders, students and their whānau over the coming months on these initial actions, alongside progressing the Advisory Group’s recommendations to strengthen leadership, networks, and capability, and improving access to resources.

These changes will not be rushed.

The national priorities for professional learning and development have also been updated to
support teachers and leaders, and align with the focus on curriculum, progress, and

The new priorities are:

  •  English medium settings: cultural capability, local curriculum design, and assessment for learning
  •  Māori medium settings: Mātauranga and te reo Māori, marau ā-kura and aromatawai
  •  All: digital fluency.

Read more on the Education Conversation website.

Rugby World Cup 2019

Rugby World Cup 2019


A selection of resources to help engage students in this global event:
Rugby World Cup Japan 2019
The Asia NZ Foundation has curated a range of resources to help students learn about Japan. 
National Library of New Zealand – Rugby World Cup 2019
History, rules, teams, and technology involved in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Includes videos, audio, articles, websites, and more.
NZ Maths – Rugby World Cup stats
Level 4 unit. Students use statistics about top ranked teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup to predict the winner of the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup 2011
Many activities in this resource can be re-used or adapted for this year’s World Cup.